After a decade of truck driving, dispatching, and sales, in 1979, after his father’s death and at the age of 31, Royal Coulter became CEO and President of Peoria Disposal Co. During his tenure, he built the company from 50 employees, 35 trucks, and one landfill to an award winning company of over 500 employees, 225 trucks, five landfills, an analytical laboratory, and commercial wastewater treatment facility. Coulter has been active in NSWMA and in his community helping the Salvation Army, church groups, and today’s youth.
Tom Fatjo, Jr.
In 1998, Tom Fatjo founded his fourth waste company, Waste Corp. of America, where he is currently Chairman and CEO. He started his first company, Browning Ferris Industries, in 1966, with one truck and $500 and turned it into the first publicly-traded garbage company. In 1990, he founded Republic Waste Services and in 1992 TransAmerican Waste Industries. During his career, he created 30,000 jobs and raised an excess of $500 million in capital. He also founded a fitness and preventative medicine facility in Houston.
Donald Galbreath is known for his inventions – the Galbreath Roll-Off Hoist, casted swivel eye and HH receivers for roll-off containers, automatic container locks for roll-off hoists, and the controlled gasketed rear door on self-contained compactors. In 1964, he became President and CEO of Galbreath, Inc. and since 1992, the President and CEO of Galfab, Inc. In 1978, he started a high school scholarship fund in Winamac, Indiana, and in 1993, he received the highest award for community service from Pulaski County.
Edward Vogel began his waste industry career in 1958 as a driver, thrower, mechanic, equipment operator, and salesman for his own company, Vogel Disposal Service. Today, Vogel Holding, Inc. includes nearly 400 employees, 200 trucks, two hauling companies, two landfills, and one recycling facility. He was a founding member of NSWMA and served on its board from 1987 to 1993. Vogel currently serves as the Adams Township Supervisor and is a strong supporter of the local fire department and Boy Scouts of America.